The end of last week, I completed the GAPS Practitioner training. Many of you, through your own health journey may have seen you tube clips of Dr Natasha Campbell McBride, or ventured onto the GAPS website. A Dr in Neurology, she formulated the GAPS protocol initially to help her two year old son with Autism with success. Now she has helped countless people and trained GAPS practitioners all over the world.
The GAPS protocol is about healing and sealing the gut. It is believed that many diseases are caused by damage to the gut wall causing undigested molecules to leak into the bloodstream. These foreign invaders put our immune system into chaos. They mount an attack until our immune system can longer tell what is foreign and what is our own tissue. This leads to autoimmune disease. Where or what autoimmune disease it is depends on where your weakest link is. For some it may be the brain, joints, muscles, mitochondria etc... with a wide range of symptoms such as multiple food allergies or sensitivities, brain fog, fatigue, aches and pains, mood imbalances, rashes, weight gain, digestive issues.
A typical scenario is a child born via caesarian, unable to be breastfed, persistent ear infections, series of antibiotics and exposure to environmental toxins such as BPA, mercury etc. Some children can detox all of these exposures fabulously and live a normal healthy life, and then there are others who are unable to detox all of these toxins. Their livers become sluggish, their bowels struggle to eliminate and toxins begin to build up in the child causing symptoms that disrupt their lives. These may be digestive issues such as constipation, cramping or more systemic issues such as lack of focus, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, as a few examples.
As a GAPS practitioner, I can help you determine whether the GAPS protocol is right for you, and what stage you can jump in at. It requires a level of commitment, but with the right support from monthly meetings and working as a team it can be done.
If you are interested in the GAPS protocol and want to learn more, please email me an expression of interest and I will keep in contact with you.